Reel Grrls Board
ILONA ROSSMAN HO
co-chair, Governance Committee
OWNER OF CANINE PRODUCTIONS
BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2009
Ilona Rossman Ho is a filmmaker based in Seattle, WA, dedicated to expanding the female voice in media both in front and behind the camera. Her energy is focused on the local film community and she is fully involved with both Women in Film Seattle and Reel Grrls. In 2010 she won an Emmy for her short film Kites Over Washington and was a finalist for the 2010 IFP Spotlight Award. Ilona has mentored several grrls for Reel Grrls including working with her mentees on the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival Fly Filmmaking Challenge. She recently completed a music video: Broken which she produced. Her short Dressing Up won a 4Culture Grant and is currently in post-production. She is also in post-production on a documentary about the Fremont Solstice Parade, and in pre-production on a feature film set in the Seattle International District. She has a wonderful husband and three captivating kids who inspire and motivate her. Three women she admires the most are Juliette Low, Grace Hopper, and Amy Poehler. Her favorite film is The Purple Rose of Cairo, and her favorite filmmaker is Sally Potter.
CO-CHAIR, GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Board Member since 2009
Jennifer joined the Reel Grrls Board in 2009, a few years after her daughter completed the Lights, Camera Action Program. She had an outstanding experience working on a team, crafting a story, and creating an experience for their audience. Jennifer has worked in the education field for 20 years, as a language teacher, curriculum writer, and media arts coach, all with a focus on globalizing classrooms by using these tools to bring international perspectives to our thinking. Language and multimedia connects our students to the world, and the world to them. Zeitgeist Creations is her consulting company, and she works mostly in Latin America and the Middle East. Her favorite part of being on the Reel Grrls board is the vision of the staff, mentors and students working it all through, tackling the struggle, and all with such mutual respect and admiration. Reel Grrls is the best of humanity, it is high quality education, and she feels lucky to be a part of it. Some women she admires are Allison Warren, Chavela Vargas and after the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 – Michelle Obama. A favorite film of hers is Benny and Joon, and her favorite director is Jane Campion.
Jennifer Slawson McNett
Co-Chair: Finance Committee
Senior Manager, Marketing for Amazon.com
Jennifer Slawson McNett is a marketing professional for digital products at Amazon.com and manages the Kindle offline customer experience. Prior to this role, she was a product manager for the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and an advertising program manager in the US and UK. With a prior life in social enterprise, she is devoted to new venture and financial planning for non-profits that drive innovation and sustainability. Supporting Reel Grrls' learning and development in media and film is what inspires me most to be on the board. Her favorite film is Amélie. Three women who inspire Jennifer are Jenny Holzer, Sheryl Sandberg, Mother Teresa, and Janet Jackson.
CHRISTINA ZIMMERLI LIBERTINI
VIDEO PRODUCTION DIRECTOR FOR NORDSTROM, INC.
BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2011
Christina Zimmerli Libertini is a content producer and director, focused on digital media. She is currently in charge of video production at Nordstrom, Inc.; her experience includes museums, non-profits and corporations. As a self-professed A/V geek, she's passionate about getting digital tools into the hands of girls everywhere, so they can press records and change the world. Recently, her favorite women are (in no particular order), Tina Fey, Martha Stewart, and J.K. Rowling. Her favorite films come in three categories: sentimental, life changing, and cinematic. They are, in their respective order, The Princess Bride, Harold and Maude, and, Blade Runner. Her favorite director is Hayao Miyazaki.
GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE – On leave Summer 2013
Special Assistant to the President at SEIU Healthcare 775NW
Board Member since 2012
Amanda Ballantyne joined the Reel Grrls board in 2012. She is a recent graduate of University of Washington School of Law where she focused on labor and employment law. She now works on labor law and policy issues for SEIU Healthcare 775NW, a large local labor union that represents home care and nursing home workers. Amanda has a long history as an activist and organizer on social and economic justice issues, including her national work for the media policy organization Free Press, where she spent several years organizing future of media town hall meetings across the country. Amanda's work with Reel Grrls focuses on ensuring that Reel Grrls is one of the best nonprofits to work for in the city. Three women that influence and inspire her are her mother, her grandmother, and her aunt, Annie. Her favorite film is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and though she doesn’t have a favorite director, she does love films.
CHIEF CREATIVE STRATEGY OFFICER AT HER INTERACTIVE INC.
As Chief Creative Strategy Officer and former CEO of Her Interactive, Megan Gaiser sets creative direction, brand and portfolio expansion and cultivates strategic partnerships. Under her stewardship, Her Interactive (HI) has grown from a boutique company to an emerging competitor with the globally-loved Nancy Drew franchise games sales topping 9 million units world-wide. The Nancy Drew PC franchise is the #1 in the U.S. six years running. Her Interactive has garnered 24 consecutive Parents' Choice Awards. Megan has been named one of the "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women" by Next Generation and "Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade" by Gaming Angels. She also received the 2010 Microsoft Women in Games award and the 2011 IndieCade Honorary Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement. Prior to Her Interactive in 1997, Ms. Gaiser spent 11 years producing award-winning film documentaries, winning many awards, including 15 Cine Golden Eagle awards, three New York festival awards, and the International Documentary Milano Award. She also spent time on the Microsoft team as a Producer. Megan believes that Reel Grrls is at the brink of digital media growth to inspire girls to find their voice and lead. She is committed to providing her expertise and guidance to this exciting mission. Megan's Favorite film is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and her favorite director is Terrence Malick. Four women who inspire Megan are Simone de Beauvoir, Germaine Greer, Annie Besant, and Tina Fey
Creative Workforce Consultant, Marketer and Event Designer
BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2013
Cori Ready is an event designer, scene maker and entrepreneurial community builder who has managed campaigns turning out superior product with attention paid to the smallest of details for clients like Vulcan, Zaaz, PopCap Games, Forest City, Publicis, Maveron, EMP, KEXP and more. Specializing in strategic partnerships, Cori had the ability to lead or direct cross-functional teams across multiple geographical locations in experiential marketing campaigns and execute events for up to 25,000 people. An expert public speaker, she provides turn-key solutions for ideation to execution. A fast-thinker fluent in innovation, Cori cost effectively and efficiently utilizes heterogeneous resources with every project. In addition to RG, she also is a bard member for Seattle Design Foundation, member of the Seattle Parks Foundation Communications Committee, and a member of ARCADE Magazine Special Events Committee. Cori was named Best Event Planner by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2008 and Best Entrepreneur by CRAVE in 2008. Three women she admires are Angela Davis, Michelle Obama and Marina Abramovic. Her favorite films are Shadows by John Cassavetes and Naked Spaces Living is Round by Trinh T. Minh-ha.